ARLINGTON, Texas -- Don’t get it twisted.
Class of 2014 safety Edwin Freeman (Arlington, Texas/Bowie) will seldom ever talk your ear off. Cross him on a football field, though, and he’ll gladly take your head off.
The Longhorns have seen him do enough of that in his two years of high school that they offered him a scholarship on Aug. 2. Freeman, 6-foot-1, 205 pounds, was one of two safeties Texas offered that day along with Jamal Adams (Lewisville, Texas/ Hebron). In 2011 he had four interceptions, one sack, two forced fumbles and took two fumbles back for touchdowns; one was from 40 yards out and the other was a 30-yard return.
Mack Brown’s choice to change his philosophy in offering juniors made a great impression on Freeman, who has the Longhorns in his top three. But they sit behind one familiar foe on his list of favorites.
HornsNation: First off, who are your top three schools?
Edwin Freeman: [In order] they are Texas A&M, Texas and OU.
HN: Why the Aggies?
Freeman: It was my first offer. When I went down there [for an unofficial visit] I liked what I saw. The coaching staff, the whole school was like a big family. I liked it down there. I met Coach [Kevin] Sumlin briefly. I spoke to the defensive backs coach [Marcel Yates] a bit.
HN: Do you like the fact that they are in the SEC?
Freeman: Oh yes. Who wouldn’t want to play in the SEC? It’s a big conference, a lot of good opponents, a lot of adversity.
HN: What was it like receiving that official offer from Texas?
Freeman: My coach called me to let me know I had been offered. It was exciting. It was kind of a shock that they offered so early. I have been waiting for the offer. They came down, talked to me, watched my film and told me they were going to keep watching me. Some schools came around and I was waiting on them. When I found out it had happened it was a dream come true.
HN: How interested are you in the Longhorns?
Freeman: I’m very interested. I have just grown up watching them.
HN: There are a lot of good defensive backs in the state for 2014. What separates you?
Freeman: My size. I really don’t know. I’m 6-foot-1, 205 pounds. I’ve probably put on 20 pounds in the past year from eating and weight lifting. I eat everything, a lot of meat.
HN: What are some of the criteria you are going to be looking for?
Freeman: Academics first of all. I don’t know what I want to study yet. Also, the conference and good opponents. I like good competition.
HN: You come across as a very soft-spoken person. Why is that?
Freeman: I’ve just always been laid back. It’s not hard for me to stay this way (with all this attention). I think about it on my time but I go out and do it for the team when I am with them.
HN: Do opponents fear you coming across the middle?
Freeman: They should think about it.
HN: Can you recall a play when you made an opponent pay?
Freeman: We were in man and my guy went in motion. I ran with him, he got the ball and I hit him. It was against [Arlington] Sam Houston. He fumbled and my teammate picked it up and scored.